|Birth name||Hildur Alice Nilson|
|Born||26 January 1924|
|Died||11 February 2014 (aged 90)|
Hildur Alice Nilson (26 January 1924 – 11 February 2014), known by her stage name Alice Babs, was a Swedish singer and actress. She worked in a wide number of genres – Swedish folklore, Elizabethan songs and opera. While she was best known internationally as a jazz singer, Babs also competed as Sweden's first annual competition entrant in the Eurovision Song Contest 1958. In 1972 she was named Sweden's Royal Court Singer, the first non-opera singer as such.
After making her breakthrough in the film Swing it, magistern! ('Swing It, Teacher!', 1940), she appeared in more than a dozen Swedish-language films. Despite being cast as the well-behaved, good-hearted, cheerful girl, the youth culture forming with Babs as its icon caused outrage among members of the older generation. A vicar called the Babs cult the "foot and mouth disease of cultural life".
A long and productive period of collaboration with Duke Ellington began in 1963. Among other works, Babs participated in performances of Ellington's second and third Sacred Concerts which he had written originally for her. Her voice had a range of more than three octaves; Ellington said that when she was not available to sing the parts that he had written for her, he had to use three different singers.
In 1963, her recording of "After You've Gone" (Fontana) reached No. 29 on the British New Musical Express charts.
In 1972, she contributed to the recording of "Auntie", a Dutch song commemorating the beginning of British Broadcasting Corporation's radio broadcasts 50 years before.
In 1943, Babs married Nils Ivar Sjöblom (1919–2011). Their three children are Lilleba Sjöblom Lagerbäck (born 1945), Lars-Ivar (Lasse) Sjöblom (born 1948), and Titti Sjöblom (born 1949).
Between 1973 and 2004, Babs and her husband resided in Costa del Sol, Spain, while still working in Sweden and internationally. In their later years, they returned to Sweden.
She was awarded the Illis quorum by the government of Sweden in 2003.
Babs died of complications from Alzheimer's disease at age 90 on 11 February 2014 in Stockholm.
|1938||Thunder and Lightning||Flower Girl||Uncredited|
|1940||Swing it, magistern!||Inga Danell|
|1941||Magistrarna på sommarlov|
|1941||Sjung och le||Short|
|1942||Vårat gäng||Alice, Bergendals dotter|
|1942||En trallande jänta||Inger 'Babs' Jansson|
|1946||Det glada kalaset||Anita|
|1947||Song of Stockholm||Britt|
|1952||H.C. Andersens sagor||Storyteller|
|1953||Kungen av Dalarna||Herself|
|1953||I dur och skur||Greta Norman|
|1953||Resan till dej||Gun Karlsson|
|1956||Symphonie in Gold||Singer|
|1956||Swing it, fröken||Alice Lind|
|1958||Musik ombord||Ulla Wickström / Ulla Winther|
|1959||Swinging at the Castle||Inga 'Trollet' Larsson||(final film role)|
|2008||Alice Babs – Swing´it||(orig. Naturröstens hemlighet, Documentary|
|2013||Alice Babs förlorade rättigheter||(Alice Babs' Lost Rights, Documentary|
Alice Babs' discography includes more than 800 recordings since her debut with Joddlarflickan in 1939. The following is a list of her recordings available on CD, listed chronologically from when they were originally recorded.